First Date

Hello everyone! So with the holidays coming up, I know that while the weather is cooling down, romance is heating up. Something about the holidays makes you want to be with family and friends, and dates. A huge question that I have had friends come to me for is what to wear on a first date?
This is a question plagues all of us, especially as the times change and dates become more and more casual. However, I always go with a standard rule for a first date, no matter how casual dating is becoming. Even if your first date is going to grab a cup of coffee, I’d suggest a dress. Now, I’m not talking about a fancy ballgown or cocktail attire, I just mean a cute, flirty sundress. If it’s a first date, and you like the person, you definitely want to make a good first impression. Dresses are casual enough for everyday wear, but also dressy enough that you’re showing your date that you take it seriously and actually care about appearances. If it’s cooler in your area, throw a jacket over the dress, or some tights under it.
I know it’s really tempting to go in jeans and a shirt, and even if it’s a cute top and jeans, it’s still jeans. There’s a certain level of casualness that is associated with that, and that is not the impression you want to make on a first date. First dates are all about impressing the other person, so definitely dress to impress. I have included some pictures, from some of my first dates with different people, and some just on date functions with friends.
Remember, you can never be overdressed for an occasion, but you can definitely be under-dressed. And if you have a really casual dress, glam it up with cute hair and makeup, jewelry and some awesome shoes.


Dress it Up

Hello everybody! So as we are nearing the holiday season, it’s time for holiday parties and festivities. We all know how important it is to look our best for these festivities, because you never know who you’re going to meet. I know holiday parties are a great plot line for movies for romance, so who knows, it could happen in real life. Anyway, that isn’t really my point. My point is, that every girl needs to look her best, and the way to do that is having the perfect dress. Now, depending on the type of party you are going to, you will need a different style of dress. I know my sorority’s semi-formal is coming up this weekend, and I have been searching for a dress that could top last years, and I’m not the only one. All of my sisters have been going crazy searching. I also know that there are other holiday parties that are coming up that are going to need a different style dress than my semi-formal. It’s important to dress yourself properly for the occasion; even if your dress is killer, if it doesn’t fit with the theme, you won’t score those style points. So the following is a list, along with a few pictures, of what to wear for what occasion.
For a semi-formal, think of your high school Homecoming dance. You want a short dress that isn’t a sundress, because that’s way too casual, but you also don’t want a floor-length ballgown, that’s only appropriate for prom and maybe some galas. So a good rule of thumb with those is dressy, but not too much. You can have sparkly, and you can have a poofy skirt, but don’t go for something that you see on the red carpets at the Oscars, that’s a bit too much. I think the picture below is a good example of the types of dresses you want for a semi-formal. Mine is a high-low strapless sweetheart neckline that made me feel like a princess, without being too over the top. My sister Tia’s is a black strapless sweetheart neckline dress that shows off her curves, while keeping it classy. The little bit of sparkle to her dress is absolutely perfect for the occasion.

Now, for a holiday party, depending on where it is, these dresses might be a bit much, plus they don’t necessarily match the spirit of the season. With a holiday party, it’s best to go with a dress in a festive color, similar to a cocktail dress, so dressy, but not overly so. Good colors to go with for those dresses are red, green, blue, silver, gold, and black. And sequins are a yes. The holidays sparkle and so can you. I have attached a few examples I am in love with that I’ve found from various stores and from Pinterest. We want dressier than a sundress, but not at the level of the semi dresses above. I would advise you to put leggings under the dress if you are cold, and it’s outside, otherwise, just stay cold for a few minutes walking to your car. You’ll warm up inside the venue, and then you won’t have to worry about anything covering up the beauty of your dress.

Keeping it Classy

A warm hello to all of my fashionistas. Today, we’re going to look at a fun, easy way to prep up an outfit. This accessory is especially popular among my sorority sisters. They are all obsessed, and I’m becoming the same way. It’s super easy and fun, and dresses up an outfit. Plus, it’s an accessory that is 100% Audrey-approved. Pearls. If anyone watches the show Ravenswood, they’ll have seen the latest trend there as well. One of the star’s outfits was perfectly accessorized with a strand of pearls. Now, there are many different ways to wear pearls. Some go with the classic, short necklace that is perfect for a business meeting or nice dinner. But the real trend lies with the longer strings of pearls, the ones that fit like a longer necklace and really give an outfit an extra punch. It’s preppy, but it’s fun too, and you can take an adorable outfit and make it a little more adorable with the pearls.
Now, before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on real pearls, let’s focus on where you can find some cheaper ones. I was shopping around, and pearl necklaces that look adorable, but aren’t necessarily real, are very affordable and range from $10-$25. Which, if you’re a college student, is the perfect price. Besides, no one is going to notice if they’re real or not. Especially not when people are more focused on what you are wearing rather than, at least in my case, who you are wearing. Sure brand names and designers matter, but when it comes to accessories, it matters a little less than if it were a bag or shoes. Essentially, if it’s cute, people are going to like it, even if it isn’t designer.
Now, the photo below shows a string of pearls that I found that have cute little flowers on the chain as well. I personally love that because it adds a bit of a country look, which is perfect for my style some days. There are others that have other little accessories added on, that is completely up to you and what your personal style is at the moment. Essentially, just have fun with it! The pearls add a little bit of class to an outfit, and who doesn’t love that? Plus, every girl wants her chance to channel Audrey Hepburn, and now she can with the classic pearls, or the modified pearls that are popping up everywhere.

Back on Black!

Hello everybody! A great fashion trend that I’m seeing is the same color, but layered on top of each other. I’ve seen it with white shirts and white pants with a nice gold belt, or I’ve seen it with dresses with the exact same color jacket to go with it. Since I’ve seen this emerging as a trend, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and do the same thing, though with a bit of a twist. Since it is after Labor Day, I’m a bit more afraid to try the white on white, though I will give it a try in summer. So because of this, I chose to go with black on black. I was also dying to try out my new red lipstick, and let’s face it, red lips with a black outfit makes every girl walk with her head held high. Anyways, black on black. Rather than go with a completely black outfit, though I was tempted, I went with jeans, a black tank top, and a black sweater. Now, to pull this look off well, you need another brighter color thrown in to tie it all together, otherwise it just doesn’t work well. I mentioned a gold belt with the white on white. I threw on a cheetah print scarf instead. It helped to add a pop of pattern to my otherwise boring black/black outfit, and if the compliments I got while I was out shopping were any indication, the outfit was hot. Audrey would have been proud to wear that outfit and show off her style.
Now, while these outfits are a great trend, I would be very cautious with you using it with any color. Neutral colors seem to work really well (black, white, nude, etc.). However, I don’t suggest layering red on red, or yellow on yellow. That would just make you look like a highlighter, and we all know that is never a good look, unless it’s a Halloween costume. Plus, when you do the black on black, make sure you have an accessory or another piece of clothing that distracts from it and adds a touch of another color. If not, it most likely won’t be the best look, though who knows, you could pull it off. Something to break up the color is always a plus though, so a nice belt is good, or a scarf, or even a brightly colored bag and matching shoes. You can get creative with these ideas, and if you go with bright shoes and a bright bag, it’s even better to wear a nice neutral outfit so that everyone’s attention goes where it needs to.
I have included a picture of me modeling my outfit for everyone to see what I came up with. I love trying out new things and encourage you all to do the same. Fashion is fun, and even if you make a fashion faux pas, remember every celebrity has had that moment too, it’s not the end of the world.

Shine Bright

Hello everyone! As we head into the winter months, it can be tempting to stow away all of our brightly colored clothes in preference of darker colors. Well, I am here to tell you to throw away that idea. Bright colors have been in style for a while, and continue to stay in style. Granted, don’t put pink and yellow together, but bright colors in moderation are perfect for brightening up a look.

So what’s a good, bright color that will brighten up any winter look? Red, green, pink, mint, white, and coral. These were very popular summer colors, and now we are going to use them in the winter as well. Now, how do we want to wear these colors? As I said before, we need to use them in moderation, because it is winter and we need to match them with our darker colors to match the weather. A good example of this is to wear jeans, black boots, a black and white polka dot shirt, and a pink blazer over it. This outfit will keep you warm, ties into the darker color scheme of winter, and still has a pop of color with that pink blazer. With just a little bit of a warmer color, it is not too summery. As for the coral, red and mint, I’d wear those colors as pants or scarves. If you choose to wear them as pants, I’d suggest going with neutral accents, such as a creme shirt and a black jacket with the red, or a black top with the mint. Coral is great with hints of green too, so I’d wear a creme top with maybe a green necklace and those coral pants. By adding just a little bit of color to each outfit, you’re keeping yourself from becoming bored with the outfits that you own, as well as keeping everyone else excited about what you’re wearing. Neutral colors tend to make us blend in, whereas adding pops of color makes it so much easier to stand out.
Another great trend is color-blocking. This is especially popular if you are in a sorority, we all know how much we sorority girls love our bright colors. Wear those green pants with a very light, blush colored top. The blush gives the outfit a little more color without overwhelming the pants. If it’s still warm where you are, you could even get away with coral and green color blocking, though I wouldn’t advise that for the winter months as much. However, those green pants with a blue cardigan will look amazing, depending on the blue and green. Make sure if you do this, you use caution, and use a navy blue and a nice darker green, not a mint green.
If you’re unsure of whether an outfit will look good or not, ask a friend! We dress to impress other people, so get an opinion first! A second pair of eyes on an outfit has never hurt. 

Body Con Skirts

“burberry trench+poinyy toe heels+vintage gucci bag+ body con bandage skirt”© 2010 Maegan Tintari, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Hello everybody! For this week’s posting, I would like to talk about body con skirts. The picture listed above, taken by Maegan Tintari and used in her blog listed above, is a great example of what I want to talk about for this week. Body con skirts are great for work, school, or if you’re in a sorority, a chapter meeting. There are many different ways to wear them, and I’d like to go through those ways step by step so everyone knows how to wear them and rock them in their own way.

The first way to wear them is modeled above in the photograph. If it’s cooler and you’re on your way to work, it’s best to add a jacket over it to keep you warm. The jacket doesn’t interfere with the professionalism of the outfit in any way, and if anything adds to the outfit. Wearing the skirt with a belt and a nice button down shirt makes the outfit go from something you can wear going out, to something you can wear in an office setting without worrying about someone thinking you are unprofessional. I do advise you to stick to plain colored skirts in an office setting though, I know wearing those crazy printed skirts can be tempting, but that’s not going to be appropriate for the work place.

Now, if you want to wear one of those printed skirts on the weekend, there’s plenty of ways to rock that look. I personally have a pink and black tribal one, and when it’s slightly warmer, I love to wear a black collared tank with it, with just the front tucked in. I know it sounds silly, but it looks amazing when you wear it like that. Add a cute pair of heels, and you are all set! If it’s a bit cooler out, but you still want to wear your skirt, I’d suggest adding a jacket, and add a scarf to match. The scarf I usually wear with mine is a pink one that matches the pink in the skirt perfectly. Pair that with a scoop neck t-shirt in a plain color, and a neutral jacket (black or tan) and you have a gorgeous outfit that will definitely turn heads. As for shoes, I’d once again go with a cute pair of pumps, because you really can’t go wrong with those.

Not Just For a Summer Day

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Hello everyone! So now that temperatures are dropping, us fashionistas are having issues staying warm and still dressing cute. Now, there are many ways to stay warm and cute, including ways to wear dresses. The picture I posted to the side demonstrates how you can dress up a dress, and stay warm at the same time. A blazer is a great addition to any outfit, and it helps to warm up any outfit. This also adds a splash of color to an outfit and brightens the outfit in these coming winter months. The dress underneath is a strapless, summer sundress and is perfect for summer months when it’s too hot to wear anything else. The blazer over it is heavy enough to warm you up, but still not be too bulky or hide your shape.
Of course, there are other ways to wear jackets and blazers over sundresses and make them appropriate for winter. Strapless floral sundresses are perfect for under denim jackets, which are making a comeback, and add with that a pair of ankle or calf-length boots and you have a beautiful winter outfit. This just goes to show it is still possible to show a little leg, even in the colder months.
These outfits are especially great for a date or girls night out. It is casual enough for the day time, and then add a pair of heels, and you have a classy, Audrey-approved outfit for the night. It shows just enough skin to grab attention, but not too much to slide into the trashy side of things.
Another great thing about this outfit is that even if it warms up to a balmy 72 degrees in the day time, you still won’t be sweating in it. It masters that transition of temperature that we experience during fall and is perfect for this time of year. It’s hard to give up our dresses for a few months, and with this tip, you won’t have to.

What To Wear

Hello everyone!
So for this week’s blog posting, I want to write about what to wear for your body type. I know a lot of us have different body types and sometimes it’s hard to know what looks good on our bodies and what just does not work for us. Now, this is not to say that anyone’s type is better or worse than another; they’re just different! We all are beautifully different, and even though society tells us certain trends to follow, these trends are not for everyone. Plus, we all know society makes fashion blunders (just think of the 90’s). So it’s okay that maybe high-waisted jeans are not for you, or those cute v-neck dresses make you look even more flat-chested. It happens, it’s the way fashion goes. However, we should not sacrifice our own personal style just to match with what society is telling us to wear this month. So for this post, we’re going to go over different body types and what is best to wear with those body types.
First, you have to know exactly what your body shape is. A general way to find this out is to take one of the quizzes that ask you questions about your body. A fun little quiz is one that Seventeen Magazine has online:Seventeen Body Shape Quiz. This will give you an idea of whether you know what your body shape is. If not, here’s a calculator that will give you a general idea of what your body shape is: Body Shape Calculator. This takes your measurements and tells you what body shape you fall under with an explanation about it.
So once you know your body shape, it’s important to know how to dress for it. Seventeen Magazine has some tips on dressing for different body shapes: Fashion Tips. I also have some tips. For those of you without much of a bust, it’s important to wear shirts that flatter your waist as well as help give the illusion of more than you have. A sweetheart neckline is always a good choice, it flatters your waist and your bust. Another good choice is ruffles. Not too much, but a little bit can add more dimension to your shape. If you have a tiny waist, those high-waisted shorts are perfect for you. They cinch in your waist and emphasize it and show it off. For those with larger busts, go with a v-neck, you can pull it off! That will emphasize what you have without being too low-cut. Just remember to keep it classy. For all of you tall girls, skinny jeans are your friend. They emphasize your height and show it off. If you have shorter legs, skinny jeans may not be the best. Go for those wider cut jeans, maybe a pair of boyfriend jeans or wide-leg pants. They’ll give you an illusion of height. Another tip, wear wedges with shorts. It gives the illusion of longer legs. If you have more of a pear shape, empire waist tops are great. They emphasize your curves and flow over your body. Finally, if you have a short torso, empire waist dresses or tops are good for you too, it will elongate your torso.
Plenty of magazines have lots more tips than just the ones I listed, these are just a start for you. Look into it yourself, each time new trends come out, so do new tips for how to wear them with your body type. Have fun with it, and try something new, even if you’re unsure about it. It may become your new favorite thing!

Boots Galore

Hello everyone!
The topic for this week is boots! This fall weather has inspired me to think of all the different ways to wear boots. There are so many opportunities to wear boots, even if it isn’t really cold outside. Being a Florida girl, I have mastered all of the cute, stylish ways to wear boots without breaking a sweat! Which is hard to do in Florida, even in winter. One of the great things about boots is that they can be worn with just about anything, and there are tons of different styles of boots to match any outfit. First, we will start with ankle boots. Ankle boots are great with jeans, jeggings, and shorts. They look amazing with shorts, just the right amount of tough to go with something sweet and girly. Cowboy boots are especially good with shorts for any kind of country event, be it a concert of just going out with friends for a bonfire. Those go great with denim shorts and make for an adorable outfit. Another style of boot is the boot that hits mid calf. These are great with jeans or any kind of legging or jegging, and dresses. Those boots are a perfect way to make a summer sundress a part of a winter outfit. Add a jacket over the dress to stay warm and keep the outfit nice and wintery. Now, a very popular boot is the combat boot. These boots are amazing in that there are so many outfit options they can go with. Combat boots with shorts look amazing, and are perfect for a pre-fall outfit, before it gets too cold. Then, once fall officially hits, they are perfect with jeans and a t-shirt to toughen up your look. Add a leather jacket and you are set! Combat boots also toughen up a girly skirt, and add just enough power to an outfit. Finally, knee-length boots. These are perfect for with a cute blouse and jeans. They help add length to your leg, so if you’re a shorty (like me), you’ll definitely want to wear some of these! Finally, within those types of boots, some are flat and some have heels. Boots with heels are perfect for dressing up any winter outfit. Going on a hot date? Buying a Christmas tree? Boots with heels are perfect for those occasions! Flat boots can go with anything, of course, and truly add to any outfit. Now, go out and find yourself the perfect pair of boots, and get out on the street showing off your style!

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